When confronted by police, many people panic. It's a natural reaction, because this is always a frightening situation, but it's also one you want to try to control. Running away from police never works and, in fact, often makes things worse.

A week ago, a Corpus Christi man tried to flee the scene of an accident in which he crashed his vehicle into a person's home. Authorities believe he had been driving drunk when the accident occurred,

As police understand it, the man rounded a curve in the road in his own neighborhood at too high a speed and lost control. He left the road and crashed into a woman's home.

A neighbor heard the commotion and came over to see if he could help. He told the driver he needed to stay and wait for the police, but the driver declined and tried to flee on foot. He did not get too far; he was arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

No one was hurt in the accident and initial investigations into the damage have it that the foundation of the home was not seriously cracked.

In a situation like this, the man would have been in some trouble no matter what because (whether he was drunk or sober) he crashed into someone's house. But as we said, he made everything worse by trying to flee.

If you are ever in a situation where you need to deal with officers, stay calm, be respectful (but not overly solicitous) and remember that you have the right to an attorney if you would like one.

Source: KRIS-TV, "Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into Home, Takes Off Running," Janine Reyes, May 22, 2012